The Least Secure Passwords in 2012

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Splashdata has released its annual list of the worst passwords online– meaning those that are the easiest to guess, therefore making your account information more accessible to hackers. Creating a secure password of multiple numbers, nonsensical uppercase and lowercase letters together, and even special characters like ! or @ can help make your account more secure.

It is also recommended to not use the same password for every website.

The top 25 worst (and therefore least secure) passwords are (with a note to how they compared to last year’s list):

  1. password Unchanged
  2. 123456 Unchanged
  3. 12345678 Unchanged
  4. abc123 Up 1
  5. qwerty Down 1
  6. monkey Unchanged
  7. letmein Up 1
  8. dragon Up 2
  9. 111111 Up 3
  10. baseball Up 1
  11. iloveyou Up 2
  12. trustno1 Down 3
  13. 1234567 Down 6
  14. sunshine Up 1
  15. master Down 1
  16. 123123 Up 4
  17. welcome New
  18. shadow Up 1
  19. ashley Down 3
  20. football Up 5
  21. jesus New
  22. michael Up 2
  23. ninja New
  24. mustang New
  25. password1 New

How do your passwords fair? Are they hard to guess?

Kelsey Jones

Kelsey Jones

Kelsey is a Search Marketing Specialist, Freelance Writer, and Owner of MoxieDot, an online marketing agency. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and doing yoga.

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